What the Stations of the Cross mean to me

Rachelle Thevathas, CAFOD parish volunteer at Holy Cross church in CATFORD, has organised the Station of the Cross in her parish. She told us what it meant for her .

When I was approached by a member of my Parish to lead the stations of the cross as CAFOD parish volunteer – I was thrilled!

The stations of the Cross help me to reflect on Jesus’ final journey

Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross in Catford

Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross in Catford

For me the stations of the cross is a great way of reflecting Jesus’ final journey, and his great sacrifice; it allows me to evaluate my life and my choices and puts into perspective the greatness of sacrifice and fasting. At times I associate the word fasting with food – however giving up my time for something – CAFOD volunteering for example – or someone, going out of my way to do a good deed for another are all examples of fasting – I give up a part of myself for other people.

Discover how I organised the Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross

Don Lazaro's artisan workshop, painting CAFOD's Romero El Salvador crosses.

Don Lazaro’s artisan workshop, painting CAFOD’s Romero El Salvador crosses.

I gave a call to the Southwark CAFOD office to get some ideas. I discovered that all the resources were on CAFOD website : a power point with pictures and a word document to organise the Stations of the Cross. 

I decided to only use the leader’s notes.  On the day, we had two alter severs walk around the church, from station to station. Using CAFOD’s resources I and another speaker talked through each station – giving a bible reading that linked to the station, and a brief reflection where we meditated on our thoughts, and then finished each station with a small prayer.

I reflected on CAFOD’s project

Whilst doing the Stations of the cross in my parish, I was able to reflect on CAFOD’s project in Zimbabwe; the sacrifices the people there must undergo without a choice, really put into perspective how fortunate and lucky I am.

In what ways does Jesus’s final journey affect you?

This Holy Week meditate on Jesus’ journey to the cross with our brothers and sisters around the world.

Art competition using CAFOD Stations of the Cross resource

Murcadha O’Flaithearta is a CAFOD volunteer and a very active parishioner in Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Brockley. With his parish, Murca is running a Passion and Paschal Art project, focussing on the stations of the cross and is inviting CAFOD supporters to be involved.

You are invited to send two artwork entries: one image of station number 2 – Jesus Carries His Own Cross and one of the Resurrection.

A girl in Uganda carrying water. Illustration for CAFOD Lent resources on the stations of the cross 2016

Girl carrying water in Uganda-Lent 2016.

Entries will be joined with those from churches across Lewisham as well as international entries. The winning 14 stations will be displayed at St Mary Magdalen Church, Brockley from Palm Sunday 20 March the chosen 14 Stations of Cross artwork will be on display around the church. Everyone who visits to walk the stations, will be invited to reflect on them with the CAFOD resources of the station of the cross available in the church.

On Easter Sunday 27 March the resurrection entries will be added to the display.

If you wish to take part in the competition, as a CAFOD entrant, please call us on 0208 466 9901 or sending an email southwark@cafod.org.uk.

To enter you should create two pieces of artwork to be submitted by 16 March; one to represent the Station of the Cross number 2 “Jesus Carries his cross” and a second to represent the resurrection. Please take inspiration from CAFOD Power point on the station of the cross and look at the example of Teko Anna who carries her burden every day fletching water.

3 girls carrying water before school-Uganda Lent

Carrying water before school Uganda Lent 2016

The only criterion for each submission is an A4 sized artistic representation of a biblical basis for both artwork entries. There is no limitation to what inspires the applications, for example; the image may be a simple but striking charcoal sketch on white paper background, paint on canvas, mosaic or contemporary photographic interpretation. Each parish entrant is requested to have the following information marked: name and parish.

Good luck to all the participants!